UPDATE: Free agent and Raiders tight end Zach Miller has agreed to terms with the Seahawks.
ORIGINAL STORY: Just when Raiders fans were starting to relax and think free agent Zach Miller would sign a deal to return, they took a Darren-McFadden-like stiff arm this afternoon. Miller, it turns out, is visiting with the Seahawks today.
This could be a ploy by Miller to get some leverage in his dealings with Oakland - just to show the Raiders that he has other options. (And don't think former Raiders coach and current Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable isn't smiling a little bit if that's true.)
And it could be nothing other than a free lunch, as there were strong indications by many close to the Raiders on Sunday night that Miller would be in Napa soon. The Raiders have been working with linebacker Kamerion Wimbley on restructuring his $11.3 million franchise tag (for a longer deal) to get under the salary cap and being back Miller, an unrestricted free agent, and running back Michael Bush, a restricted free agent.
Still, you never know with these visits. Miller could connect with coach Pete Carroll and decide he likes it up there.
The Seahawks are targeting free agents with ties to their coaching staff, as Carroll has said familiarity is important in getting players up to speed in this helter-skelter post-lockout time.
Meanwhile, in what would be a bad trade, former Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu is in Napa for a visit. He would have to be looking at moving from the inside to outside linebacker as Oakland appears to be set in the middle with Rolando McClain and Travis Goethel backing him up.
Tatupu, 28, reached the Pro Bowl the first three years, but has had thumb, knee, hamstring and torn pectoral muscle injuries the last three years. He started all 16 games last season, but underwent surgery on both knees after the year.
He was released yesterday when he declined to take a paycut.